Coorg also known as Kodagu is a picturesque hill station in the state of Karnataka in India. The place is located amidst the Western Ghats and appears like a sparkling emerald, green, rich and splendorous. The panoramic views and scenic charms have made Coorg a prime tourist destination of the Southern India. The imposing mountains, verdant valleys, splendid coffee plantations and challenging tracks is what that allures both adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers to this wonderful destination.
Location : State/District
Coorg is the headquarters of the Kodagu district in Karnataka state. The latitude and longitude of Coorg corresponds to 12.4208° North and 75.7397° East, respectively.
Coorg is a popular hill station located in the Indian state of Karnataka.
Family Holiday Destination, Adventure Tourism, Trekking
Coorg is an ideal vacation spot with family members. The untouched beauty of the place makes it a sought-after destination for nature lovers. Coorg also attracts outdoor enthusiasts who love trekking in the mystic valleys and mountains. It is a very delightful yet safe adventure destination.
Coorg is bestowed with pleasant climate all round the year. The summer months from March to May are the most delightful time to enjoy the scenic surroundings of Coorg. The place experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon season from June till September. Winter in Coorg is pleasantly cool and attracts tourists the most, starting from December to February. Coorg can ideally be visited any time but the best months start from November till April. This time is suitable for sightseeing and outdoors alike. Avoid travelling during the monsoons and if you do, always pack an umbrella, because here the rains are very unpredictable.
Indian citizens can travel freely to Coorg at any point of time. However tourists from outside India need prior visa permission from the governing body. Besides they should also keep their travel documents organized to avoid any inconvenience.
Places to Visit
Coorg has a plethora of sightseeing places to make the stay memorable for the visitors.
Raja's Seat is a favourite destination for tourists located in the Madikeri town. It is known that this place was chosen by the kings to enjoy the spectacular sunset view along with their consorts. On reaching Raja's Seat you can enjoy the picturesque view of the enchanting valleys and hills. To enhance the beauty of this place, government has also built a beautiful garden around this place. Raja's Seat is a perfect place to spend time in merriment.
Omkareshwar Temple is an ancient temple of the place built by Raja Lingarajendra II in the year 1820. The architecture of the temple resembles the Mohammedan style and the main highlight of this temple is the center dome that is supported with four corner turrets. The history of the Omkareshwar temple is inscribed on the copper plate by the king.
Abbey Falls is a famous waterfall that is located at a distance of just 8 kms from the Madikeri town. The view of Kaveri River cascading down from 70 feet is simply fantastic. There is a hanging bridge in the Abbey Falls that offers a striking view of the fall and surrounding area. This place is chosen as the ideal picnic spot by tourists.
Madikeri Fort is a historic mud fort build in the 17th century by Mudduraja. Later on this fort was built using stone by Tipu Sultan. Inside the fort you will find a splendid palace, a church and two giant size masonary elephants. The Madikeri Fort has witnessed countless fierce battles and holds archaeological significance. Climb up the fort walls to get a splendid view of the city.
Gaddige is a historical monument with structure resembling the Indo-Sarcenic style. The place holds worldly remains of the royal family and court dignitaries. The Gaddige also has tombs of Raja Lingrajendra, Rudrappa, the Royal Priest and two tombs of Biddanda Somaiah and Biddanda Bopu, the royal officials who dies fighting the battle with Tipu Sultan. Gaddige is a site of historical significance.
Talacauvery is the origin site of River Kaveri. This place is considered to be sacred in the whole of Karnataka that lures devotees in large number every year. Talacauvery has a small pond or spring and the place is surrounded with beautiful natural sceneries.
Barapole River is an adventure destination in Coorg. The place is popular for white river rafting. Adventure lovers visit this place during August or September as it is the best for enjoying river rafting thrills. Besides Rafting, Coorg also has superb trekking trails that attract outdoor enthusiasts to this place.
Shopping in Coorg is fun filled activity as the place is famous for its dry fruits, spices, wine, chocolates, cardamom and coffee. You must visit the Kushal Nagar Market and Friday Market to get your hands on the best coffee, spices and other items on the region.
Bylekuppe is located at a distance of 40 kms from the town of Madikeri and is the site of largest Tibetan settlements present in the Southern India. The place has countless monasteries with the Namdroling, Sera Mey and Gompa of Sera Je being the prominent ones. The monasteries in Bylekuppe hold manifold Buddhist statues that give a reflection of the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans.
Nagarhole National Park is a renowned wildlife park located at 94 kms from Coorg. The park is the abode for wild animals like tigers, hyenas, jackals and elephants to name a few. The Nagarhole National Park is an ideal place for sighting the majestic tigers and a must-visit destination for wildlife lovers.
Food & Accommodation
The traditional cuisine of Coorg comprising of generous use of coconut, curry leaves and spices, is simply mouth-watering. The local good has an extensive selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. If you are non-veg lover, the 'pandhi curry' made of pork is a must try and the taste lingers in your mouth for a while. Besides the local Coorg speciality, the place also offers a wide selection of north Indian and Chinese delicacies. Some of the favorite eating joints are Athithi, Caravan, East End Hotel, Hotel Neel Sagar, Silver Oaks, Raintree and Kodava Cuisine. The meal for two people in these eateries starts normally with 300 onwards.
Coorg has accommodations to suit each traveller's budget. Here you will find boutique resorts to budget friendly hotels to home stays and camps. For luxurious travellers there is Hotel Orange Country Resort, Club Mahindra Resort, The windflower Resorts, The Camp Hotel and Hotel Kadkani Riverside Resorts. The room tariffs in these properties start from INR 8000 and reach up to INR 22,000 for each night. For budget conscious tourists there is a range of options like Hotel Coffee Valley, Hotel Capitol Village Resort, Hotel Filaa Holiday Resort, Hotel Dubare Elephant Camp, Hotel Alath Cad and Hotel Rainforest Retreat to name a few.